Godzilla (Gojira) Reviews

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August 22, 2020
Still a well-paced, nicely balanced monster movie that sticks with a fittingly serious, somber tone.
November 7, 2019
Despite the problems with pacing, effects and some characterizations, Godzilla (1954) does manage to work pretty well and thanks to its mix of social commentary and action, it delivers a satisfying adventure.
May 21, 2019
This is a monster film that more or less launched the entire kaiju genre, but it's also dark, sad, and downright tragic.
July 17, 2016
Sixty years later, Godzilla is still one of the baddest cats to grace a movie screen.
January 9, 2015
It's ultimately rather difficult to discern why Godzilla has amassed a reputation as a classic of the genre...
December 4, 2014
This is a movie about the devastation experienced in Japan during the war. It just happens to have a giant dino-monster in it.
May 8, 2014
It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail.
May 3, 2014
Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor.
April 18, 2014
While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda's film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected.
April 16, 2014
Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting.
April 15, 2014
Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm.
April 13, 2014
Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact.
October 29, 2013
A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it's never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle.
February 3, 2012
I would be surprised if any recent digital monster proves as malleable and as enduring as this great gorilla-whale (goriro + kujira = Gojira, AKA Godzilla) who created an entire genre.
February 1, 2012
This Criterion edition is the textbook definition of "must-own," provided you're a serious horror fan.
January 28, 2012
For all its rubbery fakeness and sometimes silly plotting, the film nevertheless cuts right to the bone of nuclear anxiety
January 25, 2012
Cinema hasn't been the same since.
February 7, 2010
Alternates between the majestic evocation of modernist shock and the primitivist illusionism of someone in a baggy lizard suit tearing through a diorama
May 2, 2008
one of the all time greatest monster movies
February 13, 2008
...surprisingly solemn and bitter. It is explicitly a post-Hiroshima nightmare writ large...
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